Five ways to invest in your health and wellbeing this month
Whether here in the UK's "Lockdown 3.0" or elsewhere in the world, we are all continuing to navigate our way through the testing times presented to us by the Coronavirus pandemic. As we look for inspiration and distraction here are five activities you could partake in to boost your fitness, stimulate the brain or simply just pass the time! All come with a Nottingham-related flavour too.
1. Get active with UoN Sport!
Yes it's winter and we're all still clinging on to the last remnants of the Christmas food, but we *can* be good to ourselves too. Well, forget Yoga with Adriene, because staff in the Department of Sport have gone above beyond since the beginning of the pandemic to provide every possible fitness activity you could ever think of. From pilates to abs blasting (apparently that's a thing) and even just stretches at your desk - there is a whole library of free workouts online to help you to get active during the winter from the comfort of your living room.
While its physical offering remains closed our friends over at Lakeside Arts have done their bit to keep everyone stimulated with a whole host of free things to enjoy on its website. From activites to do with the children, to dance performances, or interviews with writers and historians, at the last count there are over 75 different options to peruse. As the blurb says on the website they aim to: "Help nourish as many souls as we can during strange times."
3. Follow the Friends of University Park's "Tree Walk"
If you happen to still live in Nottingham then why not take a 'local' walk around campus? The Friends of University Park was formed in 2004 to encourage the local community to visit campus and enjoy our spectacular grounds. While the group awaits the opportunity to once again host their guided walks around campus there is still the opportunity to get an expert's view of the grounds by following the Friends' Tree Walk. You’ll see trees from Europe, the Mediterranean, Morocco, USA, China, Japan, Himalayas, North Africa and Chile - "A world tour in less than an hour" as the guide calls it!
4. Expand your horizions with a free FutureLearn course
You may not feel like you have the headspace to learn something new right now but thanks to a partnership with FutureLearn we can offer some bitesize online courses which require just a few hours a week of your time for between three and six weeks. There's eight to choose from right now, with topics as diverse as learning how to better support people with dementia, the use of propaganda in everyday life and even a guide on how to make use of historical research.
5. Let the University support your own self-help
If you need something a bit more specific (or know someone else who might) the University's counselling team have a great set of self-help resources available to tap into. These include a list of apps to help you manage your mood, a set of podcasts which cover everything from meditation to a reading of the 'Velveteen Rabbit', as well as reading lists and recommended websites which cover every possible eventuality.
Any recommendations of your own?
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Posted on Wednesday 20th January 2021